The Platform (2019) A Review

For lovers of films like ‘Snowpiercer’ where they aren’t afraid to really confront you with their social commentary, this film will be a great time.

Certificate: 15

Director: Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia

Screenwriter: David Desola

Starring: Ivan Massagué, Zorion Eguileor, Antonia San Juan

Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi

Runtime: 94 mins

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

I did not go on Netflix yesterday specifically to watch this, but I saw it there and after seeing a dozen or so tweets about it throughout the day, I decided to give it a shot.  New movies are few and far between at the moment, so I will grab them when I can find them.  And for 80 percent of this film, I was enraptured by this grim, gruesome, bleak story of a society only out for itself.  And I feel like I would have given this film a MUCH higher rating, had the ending lived up to the hype of the rest of the film.

Goreng has volunteered to spend six months in the Pit, a kind of prison, so he can quit smoking, read Don Quixote and earn a degree.  The Pit only has a few rules.  A single platform of food is lowered everyday and you only get two minutes to eat off it before what is left is lowered to the level below you.  You cannot keep any of the food from the platform once it passes your level, and once a month, you wake up on a different level of the pit, sometimes higher, where you will get more food, and sometimes lower, where if you are unlucky and the people above you are greedy, the platform will reach you completely empty.

This film is DARK.  It has a lot to say on human nature and our inherent selfishness.  Am issue that is at the forefront right now given the current COVID-19 outbreak.  It is also a huge euphemism for the class system, that those at the top take more than their fair share.  Leaving none for those underneath.  And in that way, this film really gets its message across.  We see Goreng wake up on multiple different levels, and he gets to experience every level of human depravity, leading him to try and encourage people to be better.

He is a really interesting character because, despite everything, and despite committing some pretty horrific acts himself, by the time he reaches one of the highest levels, he is still able to be selfless and try to help those in the level beneath him.  He still believes people can be good.  I will leave it up to you to decide if that makes him a visionary or just naïve.

For me though it is the ending that really lets this film down.  I wanted a conclusion.  A finale.  And I don’t really feel like we got either.  They fought for so long, and then…nothing.  Did their plan work?  Did the structure of the pit change?  Was it all for nothing? Where did that bog black room at the bottom of the Pit go?  So many unanswered questions.  I could have done with an extra 20mins to wrap this one up a bit better.

Be warned this film is bleak, and pretty violent.  It’s not a horror in the classic sense, but it’s concept is pretty horrifying. This is not going to be for the faint of heart.

The Platform is available now on Netflix UK.

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